GISS is out, and the land/ocean anomaly has risen from 0.75°C in July to 0.81°C in August. This is a smaller rise than I expected. It is similar to the 0.07°C rise I posted for TempLS mesh, but that has since crept up to 0.09.
The result is surprising to me, because GISS Ts, the land stations version, posted a very large rise of 0.22°C. Yet the analysis I posted for TempLS showed most of the rise accounted for by SST, with mostly stable land data portion. HADSST3 also rose.
There were some other oddities. GISS is posting a little earlier than usual, but unusually on a US Sunday, or at least that is when my data monitor picked it up. Yet the file was dated Friday 11th, which would be very early indeed.
The pattern of heat/cold is similar to that I have posted for NCEP/NCAR. Warmth in Middle East/Africa, but GISS has it right through W Europe too. Warmth in S America, and of course El Nino. Coolish in Antarctica and Central Russia. Maps below the fold.
Update. Some have suggested the Arctic melt season has ended. But in the Jaxa SIE record, two recent days of melting has taken 2015 to below, not only current 2011, but the 2011 minimum. Unless data is revised, that probably puts 2015 third behind 2012 and 2007. I think passing 2007 is unlikely.
Here is GISS for August:
And here is TempLS mesh (spherical harmonics):
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